WWII Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund
The President of the United States signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009, authorizing the release of a one-time, lump-sum payment to eligible World War II (WWII) Philippine Veterans. These payments are to be made through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from a $198 million appropriation established for this purpose. Applying for this benefit will not affect other existing Veterans benefits.
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Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC)
Points of Interests
1) The Manila Regional Office is doing its best to process each application accurately and timely. Two months after the law was passed, VA established an adjudication process, payment system, accounting system, and payment delivery system to successfully issue the first FVEC payment on April 8, 2009. The claims process is provided below:
a. Each application was submitted to the Manila VA Regional Office via a VA Form 21-4138, and was examined for eligibility based on the criteria established in ‘‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’’ HR 1, Sec. 1002, the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund.
b. All applications received by the Manila VA Regional Office were verified and a receipt confirmation was sent back to the applicant. If any development was necessary to determine FVEC eligibility, a Veterans Claims Assistance Act (VCAA) letter notice was sent to inform the claimant of the necessary evidence needed to complete the claim. If you have questions concerning FVEC benefits, or would like more information about VA benefit programs and how to apply, various options are available.
• Contact VA on the Internet at http://iris.va.gov and submit an on-line inquiry.
• United States residents may call VA at 1-800-827-1000.
• Philippine residents within Metro Manila may call 632-528-2500.
• Philippine residents outside Manila may call 1-800-1888-5252.
• If you use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the number is 1-800-829-4833 (United States residents only).
c. Once all of the evidence and service verification is received and reviewed, a decision is made. Concurrently, a notification letter is sent to the claimant, to explain the reasons and basis used to determine the decision.
2) As of April 1, 2013, there were 91 (reopened) FVEC claims pending. There are 0 initial FVEC claims pending.
3) As of April 1, 2013, 45,991 applications were processed: 9253 approved for $15,000 based Veterans, 9,511 approved for $9,000, and 24,487 applications disapproved.
4) To date, over $223 million has been awarded to eligible Filipino Veterans.
5) As of April 1, 2013, the Manila RO has received more than 3310 NODs on FVEC denials.
As of April 1, 2013
|Total FVEC Mail Received||45,991|
|Claims Granted ($9,000)||9,511|
|Claims Granted ($15,000)||9,253|
|*No. of Estimated Grants||18,000|
|Total Claims Pending||91|
|Claims Awaiting Initial Decision||US-based Vets||0|
|Average Days Pending Appeal @ BVA||149|
|No. of Appeals Overturned by BVA||0|
|Total Payout ($9,000)||$85,590,687|
|Total Payout ($15,000)||$138,322,517|
FVEC Apeals Data
|FVEC APPEALS DATA||Date||11/1/2010|
|Appeal Grant Rate||4.92%|
Other Related Additional Information
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Link to information about the Appeals Process
Link to the Form VA 4107 - To Appeal your Decision
Link to the Form VA 21-0845 - To Disclose Personal Information to a 3rd Party
Link to Other Filipino WWII Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Benefits
Link to Secretary Press Release
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